What Happened on October 7

Significant Events

  • 1571 Battle of Lepanto: Holy League of southern European nations destroy Ottoman fleet in significant loss off Western Greece
  • 1737 A cyclone causes 40 foot waves that are believed to have killed 300,000 in Calcutta, India
  • 1763 George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlement
  • 1919 KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, established (oldest existing airline)
  • 2001 The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground
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Did You Know?

Far side of Moon seen for the 1st time, courtesy of USSR's Luna 3 space probe

On October 7, 1959

Would You Believe?

Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat Cumberland 222-0, most lopsided score in the history of US college football

On October 7, 1916

Famous Weddings

  • 1776 Crown Prince Paul of Russia marries Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg.
  • 1914 44th US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (26) weds John F. Fitzgerald's daughter, Rose Fitzgerald (24)
  • 1965 Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (48) weds actor Warde Donovan
  • 1978 Country singer Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35)
  • 1989 Radio talk show host Larry King weds Julie Alexander

Famous Divorces

  • 1988 Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson
  • 2004 Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage
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